History of Facebook

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Evolution of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg didn't invent social networking, but he advanced the state of the art and created a platform that captured an audience of over a billion users.

Facemash (October 2003)

The underpinnings of the global phenomenon known as Facebook started in a Harvard University dorm room in October 2003. Mark Zuckerberg created a site called Facemash which compared Harvard student photos and asked users to pick the most attractive pictures. Zuckerberg was reprimanded by the school but ultimately allowed to stay after apologizing to students and facing the school administrative board.

There is only one known image of the Facemash site; it may not be real.

Thefacebook (Febuary 2004)

Facebook launched on February 4, 2004 under the name "Thefacebook." It was a collaboration between Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. It had the same intent of modern-day facebook, which is to connect people. When it launched, it was limited to Harvard University students only. Oddly enough, the logo image at the time was a pixelated face of actor Al Pacino, revealed in David Kirkpatrick's book "The Facebook Effect." In March of that year, Thefacebook expanded to include more schools -- Columbia, Stanford and Yale. Membership was verified for these schools due to users having to sign up with their school email addresses.

Thefacebook adds "The Wall" and school expansion (September 2004)

In September 2004, Thefacebook added "The Wall". What it did was it allowed users to write personal musings and other tidbits on profile pages. There are no specific images of this feature, so there is (Obviously) nothing to show here. Facebook also furiously added colleges and universities to its service, allowing more and more people to connect to each other.

Name change to "Facebook" and new logo (September 2005)

The company dropped "The" from its name after purchasing the domain name facebook.com in 2005 for $200,000. In October 2005, Facebook expanded to Universities beyond the United States. (The United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands). In addition, a new logo was created for Facebook by design agency Cuban Council in San Francisco, California. This design had staying power and was kept until 2015.

Expansion to High Schools (September 2005)

In September 2005, Thefacebook expanded from just colleges to now High Schools and Colleges.


In late September 2006, Facebook opened up registration to any user who was at least 13 years old and had a working email address.